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Louisiana family facing Medicaid fraud allegations

If you drive about 100 miles north of Lake Charles, you will find yourself in Sabine Parish. The school board in the sparsely populated area was recently rocked by news that a board member has been charged with Medicaid fraud.

Arrested along with board member Roderick Davis Sr., 48, were his son, Roderick Davis Jr., 27, and his daughter Athena Mitchell, 20. All three are accused of diverting funds intended for disabled clients to use for themselves.

The state attorney general’s office said Davis Sr. is also charged with exploitation of the infirmed, while his children are each facing a count of criminal conspiracy.

According to a news report, the arrests are part of an effort to crack down on Medicaid fraud, spearheaded by Attorney General Jeff Landry and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The report by KTBS says the members of the Davis family are employed by or linked to the Association for Retarded Citizens of Sabine, an organization that makes jobs and work training available to Medicaid recipients. Davis Sr. worked for the organization, while his son ran a SARC group home and his daughter “performed personal care services for SARC clients.”

According to arrest affidavits, Davis Sr. misused SARC funds to buy appliances for himself and for rental properties he owns. He also allegedly billed Medicaid for services that were not rendered.

Davis Jr. is accused of submitting time sheets for work at the group home while he was actually out of town and his sister is accused of billing for work for SARC clients while she was actually attending class.

Those facing similar accusations should decline to speak to investigators and prosecutors until they have spoken with a Calcasieu Parish criminal defense attorney experienced in protecting rights and freedom.

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